Arts & Entertainment

LONE SURVIVOR

This is one of the few films that gives away the ending in its title.

The US Navy Seals are elite soldiers (similar to the SAS); in 2005 a four-man team of them are tasked with hunting a Taliban leader deep in Afghanistan hostile territory but when their cover is blown they find themselves vastly outnumbered and in a vicious firefight.

Based on Marcus Luttrell’s book of the same name, a true account of the operation, the filmmakers (surprise, surprise) have been criticised for taking liberties with the story. What’s left though is a very visceral and confronting account of a fight for survival.

Mark Wahlberg plays Luttrell and the daunting landscapes of New Mexico stand-in for Afghanistan. (MMu)

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BY MICHAEL MUIR

 

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